The promise of stronger, more durable, lighter weight and less maintenance is a race car driver´s dream; and that´s how UTC Aerospace Systems is helping shape the wing of the future, the company said.
The company is transferring knowledge used in Formula One high-performance race cars to high-performance actuation systems for commercial aerospace applications. In advancing the industry, UTC Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), established a Composite Centre of Excellence in Banbury, United Kingdom–supporting the demand for lighter, stronger and low maintenance actuation system components that can be produced and delivered to customers in significantly less time than traditional manufacturing.
As aircraft manufacturers transition from traditional metals and alloys to composite materials, a host of related systems are being put to the test to match new performance and manufacturing specifications. For example, the composite actuation components produced at the Centre of Excellence can result in up to 30 to 70 percent weight savings on large commercial aircraft.
The Centre is currently supplying composite fuel pipes and isolators for the carbon wings of Airbus´s A350XWB. In total, the Centre supplies more than 300 fuel pipes and 20 isolators for the wings.
CTG, a UTC Aerospace Systems unit, designs, develops and manufactures advanced composite products and systems for the aerospace industry. CTG has established an international reputation for its innovation, quality and development of composite solutions across a wide business spectrum, including composite pipes and isolators, transmission shafts and structural aircraft tie rods and struts.
UTC Aerospace Systems is one of the world´s largest suppliers of technologically advanced aerospace and defense products. UTC Aerospace Systems designs, manufactures and services integrated systems and components for the aerospace and defense industries, supporting a global customer base with significant worldwide manufacturing and customer service facilities.
United Technologies Corp., based in Farmington, Connecticut, provides high-technology systems and services to the building and aerospace industries. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs.